Wednesday, October 13, 2010

'It does appear that fortunately Mr McMahon does not have cancer.'

Well what a relief, particularly for Mr. McMahon.

Let me see if I have this straight? Dr. Thompson saw the results of a right upper quadrant ultrasound that revealed liver lesions. A diagnosis of cancer is made and hospice care is prescribed? Surely this can't be considered routine in British medicine.

While it is true that medicine doesn't cure a lot of things, we do pretty well with diagnosis. Indeed, we are often fixated on it. What happened to the differential diagnosis in this case. Where is the intellectual and professional curiosity? I mean a simple biopsy would answer all questions and saved this poor sap from months of depression and suicidal ideation.

"A patient who was given six months to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer sold off all his precious possessions and gave away his dog - only to be told by doctors he wasn't going to die after all.

"It wasn't until three agonising months later that Mr McMahon went for a further examination at Birmingham City Hospital and Dr Thompson informed him that the cancer cells were actually harmless lesions on his liver

"He said: 'I sat there listening to the doctor detail about dying at home and how Macmillan nurses could help, but the whole time, I was fine. All that time spent worrying over nothing. 'My girlfriend was devastated. I wanted to make sure the people I loved would be financially secure without me, so I sold antique rings, china ornaments and plates left by my parents for silly money as I thought I didn't have much time.'

"'For the doctors to then turn around and tell me I wasn't going to die after all left me traumatised and still mentally affected by the whole thing.'"
Does anyone know if UK citizens are able to sue their government for healthcare services, or lack thereof?

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